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Old 11th Mar 2016, 17:50
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And A380 with June start dates.
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Old 12th Mar 2016, 11:07
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When I was given my offer on the 777, I asked the lady about a few things and she said the 787 courses were mainly full and no more would be going across until the Autumn.
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Old 13th Mar 2016, 06:53
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Hello people. Does anyone know a way to prepare for the VTS1 test? Like a book or software or something else
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Old 13th Mar 2016, 11:54
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I did day one just over 9 months ago, didn't pass, I believe BA have asked people in earlier than 12 months, is that automatic as I telephoned the recruitment team 3 weeks ago and they said it's still the full 12 months because of legality reasons the tests are still valid and that would need to wait, shame really as there long haul dep has been extended again now till April, are they getting enough applicants or are people struggling with the assessments
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Old 13th Mar 2016, 19:04
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Just like to thank everyone who took the time to get in touch and answer my questions!

Club World - I believe the call back was only for those in the latter stages - interview, group or sim rather than day 1, which in my view is the hardest part of the process.
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Old 13th Mar 2016, 19:14
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Thank you Jwscud - makes sense now, and I agree that day one is tough
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Old 13th Mar 2016, 22:35
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People were asked back to Day One earlier than twelve months if they were type rated. I can confirm that as I was one of them.
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Old 13th Mar 2016, 22:41
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Interesting Rexbanner - I'm type rated too long haul, I guess you and others were boarderline as in you all did well, I don't believe I did at all great on those two computer tests which is probably the reason for not getting the invite earlier, another 3 months to prepare if I am selected again
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Old 13th Mar 2016, 22:51
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We were all told that we were borderline pass, only having to resit one thing or the other. Apparently you were only invited back under those circumstances, if you failed everything then no chance. I think that was mainly an A320 thing though when it happened. One of the gents from recruitment happened to tell me during lunch on day two that of the people who had been invited back, not that many had managed to pass second time around. Whether that's true or not who knows?
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Old 14th Mar 2016, 09:57
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I heard of one pilot who went through selection 6 times before eventually passing. Not sure it's it's true or not.

12 months to reapply is reasonable. Some airlines will never allow you apply a second time. Others impose a 2 year wait, etc.
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Old 14th Mar 2016, 11:06
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Having just entered the hold pool - (Wahey!!!) can anyone who has recently been given a start date give an idea of how long that takes??

Many thanks....
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Old 14th Mar 2016, 11:44
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Congratulations. In late Jan the hold pool update said they were making Long Haul offers for start dates 4 months hence and A320 rated for around 6 months hence.

Given that they seem to be looking at non-rated people in the system for the 320 again, I suspect waits for an Airbus start date will be shorter than indicated in January.
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Old 14th Mar 2016, 12:41
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Thanks JW.... any idea how long people are in the hold pool before hearing anything?
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Old 14th Mar 2016, 12:45
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How long between sim a s result Crazyed?
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Old 14th Mar 2016, 12:47
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Harry - 4 days..
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Old 14th Mar 2016, 13:44
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Cheers Crazy sorry did you have a Monday slot? Cheers HP.

Congrats by the way.
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Old 14th Mar 2016, 14:01
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Have you been in for another go, Harry? Best of luck if you have, I know how much you want it.
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Old 14th Mar 2016, 15:57
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I just applied to DEP BA Longhaul and have my Day1 next week the 23rd. Is that enough to get prepared for it. I heard the aptitude tests are pretty difficult so I want to cheat a little by downloading the practice tests from Skytest.
Anybody has experience with this?
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Old 14th Mar 2016, 17:48
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have my Day1 next week the 23rd. Is that enough to get prepared for it.
Depends how much work you put in between now and then.

I heard the aptitude tests are pretty difficult so I want to cheat a little by downloading the practice tests from Skytest.
They're tricky for sure. SkyTest is very useful, many people I know have used it with varying levels of success on the day. I used it and got it so can only sing its praises. It's certainly not cheating, it's preparing, which is exactly what BA expect you to do.

Best of luck, BA is certainly not perfect but despite the moaning and groaning after recent events, it's still the best gig in town IMHO.
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Old 14th Mar 2016, 18:21
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I'd be very interested to know if the verbal test has now gone and been replaced by something else, as was mentioned possibly above...PM me if anyone has details on this- the verbal test keeps me from getting to day 2 each time I'm sure
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